Adult Sunday School. Beginnings: a Study of the Call of God in Genesis. Kerygma materials, Chapter 5. Noah and the Flood.

 

Read Genesis Chapters 6-9. Then read them in a different order.

The beginning, 6:5 – 7:16

The end, 8:20 – 9:17

The middle, 7:17 – 8: 19.

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Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God

5The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil all the time. 6

The Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

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Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 

I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

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So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

 

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.

21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a]

every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

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 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. . . .

 

Questions

 

  1. Does creation and humankind change? Is Noah better than his predecessors?
  2. Does God change? Is God conflicted between grief and righteousness?
  3. How does God’s charge to Noah’s family in Chapter 9 differ from the original one to Adam and Eve?
  4. What is the significance of the covenant between God and humankind?
  5. Can you think of other passages where God remembers or forgets people? Or where people feel God has forgotten them?